Please find attached the latest version of the Hydrotherapies Discussion Document. This document has gone through a series of many edits and iterations and now includes a section on “Common Sense Safety”.
I hope this can now be placed on the Hydrothermal Initiative and the Hot Springs Initiative websites along with the FEMTEC website. It would be good if comments were enabled so that it can remain a living document that initiates a global discussion.
Please note I will be speaking to health leaders in Europe and Africa about some of the points in this document at the upcoming World Health Innovation Summit this Saturday in the hope of promoting policies favourable to hydrothermal therapies.
Many thanks for everyone who has helped with this document so far.
Dr. Marc Cohen
The new guidelines, which can be customized to fit any type or size of spa, represent an unprecedented collaboration among the region’s top resort and spa destinations. The guidelines provide a unique resource for spas to create best-practice protocols to help return to business in a seamless, organized and safe way.
Click the link below to check it out!
Attention Hot Springs team: attached is an article written by Lancet that goes into detail about COVID-19 and hot springs. According to recent studies, the virus dies quickly in Hot Springs water at approximately 156 degrees F (70 degrees C).
To read more: click here.
In Addition, below is a research paper by Marc Cohen in Australia that further explores the destruction of COVID-19 virus when under certain heat/temperature conditions.
To read more: click here.
And finally, here are the latest recommendations for public pools, hot tubs, and other water playgrounds as provided by the cdc: Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Other Water Playgrounds During Covid-19
However the above articles do not yet have guidance regarding public beaches. "CDC is not aware of any scientific reports of the virus spreading to people through the water. The previously mentioned guidance identifies a number of steps operators of public pools and beach managers can take to help lower the risk of spreading the virus at public beaches. "
Attached below is a liability waiver you can use as a guide for reopening your business. NOTE: while this was vetted by our friends in the risk management industry, please have your own legal counsel review this draft document.
Attached below are guidelines provided by the World Waterpark Association for reopening pools in your Hot Spring business in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click below to read more!
Attached below is a document that lays out various business policies to be followed in response to businesses reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic. The laid out policies focus on maintaining a safe work environment, returning to work roles and responsibilities, COVID-19 prevention, reducing transmission among employees, and business operations & continuity. Click to download!
As many businesses are reopening in result of COVID-19, it is important to know what HIPAA is and how to make sure your business follows the set regulations. For further information, check out the file below!
20 HIPAA-ADA COVID 19 Concerns.docx
Attention all hot springs owners!
For a comprehensive checklist of various items to look over before opening your hot springs back up, please download and review the document below.
The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus while at the same time reimbursing businesses.
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